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Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips announced today that the Government planned to introduce a new automatic fingerprinting identification system, which should boost crime-fighting strategies.
“We are in the market for new automatic fingerprinting identification systems and other systems which will enable the flow of data and images to move between different points in the country, to allow for more rapid investigation and the interruption of criminal activity, and we are very far down the track in that regard,” the Minister said.
In addition, he pointed out that the Ministry and its agencies were seeking to achieve greater efficiencies, by facilitating the flow of data, images, and other information, online between the different police establishments.
Dr. Phillips was speaking at a Regional Data Security Summit, held at the Hilton Kingston Hotel. The Summit was hosted by the Central Information Technology Office (CITO).
The Minister pointed out that new information technologies allowed for new opportunities for efficiency as well as new opportunities for crime-fighting and security. He noted that the recently formed Organized Crime Investigation Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, had a section that was exclusively dedicated to the issue of cyber crimes. “We recognize, even as we have started that, there is a lot that we need to learn about how to be able to deal with this new phenomenon,” he added.
Calling for inter-sectoral partnership, the Minister said: “This is clearly one area in which the public and the private sector need to co-operate, if we are to have an adequate platform for sound economic activity, carrying us into the future”.
The morning session of the conference was also addressed by Chief Executive Officer of CITO, Mike duQuesnay; Nigel Hickson of the Department of E-Commerce in Bermuda, and Dale Peterson, founder of Digital Bond Inc. in the United States.
The CITO is charged with ensuring that Jamaicans are protected as they undertake business and transactions, utilizing the World Wide Web. The organization’s concern with security transcends the provision of a legal framework by way of an electronic transaction legislation and examines the security that is available at both the hardware and software levels.

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